The Christmas Song is a holiday number by the Danish indie rock duo, The Raveonettes. The Raveonettes consists of Sune Rose Wagner on guitar, instruments, and vocals, and Sharin Foo on bass, guitar and vocals. Their music is characterized by close two-part vocal harmonies inspired by The Everly Brothers coupled with hard-edged electric guitar overlaid with liberal doses of noise.Their songs juxtapose the structural and chordal simplicity of ’50s and ’60s rock with intense electric instrumentation, driving beats, and often dark lyrical content (e.g., crime, drugs, murder, suicide, love, lust, and betrayal), similar to another of the band’s influences, The Velvet Underground. Here, though, they hit the holidays with a slightly lighter tune, lyrically speaking, more on the lines of Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).
Editor’s Note: I love the 60’s Surf music influence here mixed with the bittersweet lyrics of wishing for someone to stay. I love a little melancholy in my holiday music sometimes. The sentiments remind me of a December a few years past when I had to leave a city I was living in, one I had not had near enough time in, to go back “home”. I remember seeing the city in my rear view mirror, glitter lights saying something akin to “could have been”, and feeling like I gave up too soon. I suppose some things we will never know for certain.